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CBSE Launches Problem Solving Assessment (CBSE-PSA) From Current Session

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CBSE-PSA Problem Solving Assessment TestThe Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE) will be conducting a special test for Std XI to test analytical skills and comprehension of written texts. The test will be conducted in January 2013 and is compulsory for all students, who will be given a special certificate by the board. The test shall be called “CBSE-PSA”.

The CBSE-PSA will be of 90 marks and there will be 60 items in a MCQ format. There will be no specific syllabus for CBSE-PSA and no separate class will be taken by schools to prepare students. The test will evaluate three areas – (i) quantitative reasoning, (ii) qualitative reasoning and (iii) language conventions.

The quantitative domain of the test would make comparatively modest demand on mathematical knowledge but would emphasize logical and numerical reasoning and use of basic mathematical knowledge. The assessment in language will contain items that will assess grammar, usage, vocabulary in context and passage-completion.

The board says they would be assessing student’s ability to process, interpret and use information rather than assessing student’s prior subject matter knowledge. CBSE-PSA will be designed in such a way that it will improve generic and higher order thinking skills. The board believes that the test will help students improve scores in core school subjects. Registration for the CBSE-PSA will be done by the board and more details are expected in a couple of months.

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